College Football Picks: Bet Washington -7 vs. Oklahoma State

Joe Gavazzi

Friday, January 2, 2015 9:38 PM GMT

Tonight's last game brings us the Cactus Bowl in which Oklahoma St. vs. Washington meet to determine who will leave victorios. Don't miss out as we preview this matchup complete with our free college football picks

Oklahoma St. vs. Washington (-6) 10:15 ET ESPN
An amazing 38 Bowl games are being contested this post-season.  That means the field has been watered down with talent.  In fact, of the 76 teams, 10 of them have 6 or less victories for the season.  It is a microcosm of the fact that Bowl games have become far more about the money involved than about pitting quality teams against each other in post-season play.  It is also the reason why there is less fan interest in these games with many stadiums being less than 50% filled for these games, which have far less interest than the more major Bowls.  The clear answer to this is a more expanded playoff system to start in mid-December and feature the Top 32 teams in the nation.  But, that is the topic for an entirely different article.  For now, the handicapper is presented with a 38 game card, which allows us more opportunity for profit. Such is the case in this matchup today. 

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Oklahoma St. may have been the last team to be included in a Bowl game this season among the 76 participants.  To say it was a rebuilding season for the Cowboys would be kind.  If not for their Super Bowl victory (38-35) vs. Oklahoma, the Cowboys would not have qualified for post-season play.  For in their 0-5 SU, 1-8 ATS log leading up to the Oklahoma game, the Cowboys were outscored 201-68 in those 5 losses.  Frosh QB Rudolph emerged for the Cowboys late in the season, after an underperformance by previous QB Garman.  Neither provided much offense for an Oklahoma St. team who is accustomed to far more than their 27/371 output.  On the defensive side of the ball, Oklahoma St. dipped to 32/437.  Hardly a Bowl worthy season, considering they were -8 in net TO margin.  With the suspension of do-everything, offensive performer Hill, it looks like the Cowboy attack may be in real trouble. 

Washington had a solid first season under 1st year HC Peterson, the former head man at Boise.  Peterson was 5-2 SU in Bowls at Boise, coached an emerging signal caller in QB Miles, and fielded a solid defense that allowed just 122/3.3 overland.  This looks like a Washington team who can use this Bowl victory to build on their momentum of their first season under Peterson. When making your college football picks fore Oklahoma St., following their upset of Oklahoma, it may be time to pick up the pieces and start over next year. 

Free College Football Picks: Take Washington at 5Dimes

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